Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) concluded its successful involvement at QF’s Annual Research Forum (ARC ’16). The university has been awarded a total of 15 research grants by Qatar National Research Fund’s (QNRF) National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), with three grants to the College of Science and Engineering (CSE), one to Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), and eleven to Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI).
Researchers from QEERI and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) also won awards for the best poster presentations. At ARC ’16, HBKU’s three national research institutes, QBRI, QCRI, and QEERI, as well as HBKU’s CSE, Law School, and its publishing house, HBKU Press, played an active role in the conference.
Three of the five parallel sessions of the conference were moderated by officials from the university. Dr. Said Ahzi from QEERI chaired the session on “Materials for Solar Energy Harvesting and Photovoltaic (PV) Technologies”, while Dr. Mounir Hamdi, Dean of HBKU’s CSE, led the discussion on “Big Data for Sustainable Development”. Dr. Hilal Lashuel from QBRI guided a conversation on “Biomedical and Health Research in Qatar: Transforming Challenges into Competitive Advantages and Economic Opportunities.”
Dr. Khalid Al-Subai, Acting Executive Director of QEERI, was featured on the Energy and Environment panel, and, and Dr. Ahmed Elmagarmid, Executive Director of QCRI, spoke on the panel on Computing and Information Technology.
In addition to participating widely in the research conference, the university also organized a special event in Education City on the occasion of UN World Water Day in a continued effort to connect with the local community and demonstrate the ways in which research discoveries can be utilized in efforts to better the world.
Organized by QEERI, the event highlighted the work of Dr. Saad Jasim, Principal Investigator in Environmental and Chemical Science at the institute, who spoke on this year’s World Water Day theme: water and jobs.
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